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Comment: Why do you assume they are burnt out? (Score 1) 274

by plopez (#47949921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Really; they probably got married, had kids, and got a life. Or developed some sort of interest outside of work. Or they just got their job and technology worked out to the point they don't have to work 60 hours a week to keep up. In short, they got a life. Assuming they are burnt out may be incorrect. You should also get a life.

Comment: Too bad (Score 4, Interesting) 471

by plopez (#47945525) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

They could have told the EU to get out. After seeing what lack of control of your own currency did to Greece, Italy, and Spain I've come to the conclusion the tight economic binding which is the EU is a bad idea. There are also no firewalls. It creates a situation where a country as small as Greece, Italy, or Spain can threaten to take down the entire global economy.

Comment: Re:Does not depend on country. Stupid is all over. (Score 1) 232

by plopez (#47930943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Wow, your original post fits my experience in my Blue days to a "t". I was going to swap serial numbers with you. I am now working at a Huge Plant and while Agile is badly done, partly due to the huge geographic nature of the projects, the environment and culture is very different.

Comment: Where liberal arts can come into play (Score 1) 391

by plopez (#47919329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

1) UI design and usability - programmers are truly horrible at this.
2) Internationalization - It's hard to find people in the US with foreign language skills. Canadian doesn't count.
3) Project coordination with overseas clients or teams - see above and add in foreign cultures.
4) Requirements gathering and/or review - Which requires talking to people and, gasp, reading documents.
5) Business analysis - overlaps Requirements gathering and review
6) UI testing - much of which CANNOT be automated.
7) Project management - which requires communications and people-people skills. Most BAs/MBAs I have met are also truly terrible at this.

Example, a friend of mine has an MA in English. He is currently working for a tech company as QA lead which requires test planning, staff training, requirements review, user documentation development, and business analysis. All of which his degree is helping with.

Comment: Re:SCI-FI used to be inspiring (Score 1) 191

by plopez (#47917231) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

I think the 90% crap rule is always in the effect. 90% of Sci-fi in the 90's was crap, 90% in the 80's was crap, 90% in the 70's (Space 1999 anyone?), 90% in the 60's (Lost in Space for instance), the 50's with a plethora of bugged eyed monster which were no more than veiled stand ins for commies etc. The difference these days is that the special effects and marketing budgets are larger meaning better looking and better advertised crap. E.g. Star Trek rebooted.

But that's just my opinion.

Measure twice, cut once.